Football League said it will use televised instant replays to decide appeals of controversial plays this season, although the networks that televise USFL games said they will not cooperate.
Appeals will be limited to three types of plays -- on the question of whether a ball has been fumbled; on whether a pass is complete, incomplete or intercepted, and on whether a ball carrier has crossed the goal line.
"After meeting with our football operations people, I decided that instant replay was an idea whose time had come," said Commissioner Harry Usher.
However, ABC-TV and the cable network ESPN said they would not be involved in the replay process . . .
The Cincinnati Bengals announced the signing of all-pro wide receiver Cris Collinsworth to a multiyear contract. No terms were disclosed.
Collinsworth is a four-year veteran and three-time all-pro who played for Cincinnati through the 1984 season, then left expecting to fulfill an agreement he had made two years ago to sign with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the U.S. Football League.
However, the Bandits released Collinsworth from that agreement earlier this week, saying Lloyds of London would not insure the player's ankles against injury . . .
A group is negotiating to purchase the Philadelphia Eagles for about $57 million in a deal that would keep the team in the city, according to published reports.
The Philadelphia Daily News said the group was organized by former Secretary of Transportation Drew Lewis, now chairman and chief executive officer of Warner-Amex Cable . . .
The USFL's Arizona Outlaws have suspended AWOL wide receiver Trumaine Johnson for the first four games of the season, club officials said.
But Johnson, who walked out early in training camp over a money matter, said he has "no future" with the Outlaws and is prepared to sit out the season unless he is traded to the New Jersey Generals.